Auditioning for The Price is Right
The Price is Right is the only game show where you don’t have to run a gauntlet of difficult tests, practice sessions and interviews to become a contestant. You just get a free ticket, show up at the studio and take your chances! And you can win a lot on this show – one woman won two cars worth over $88,000 back in 1992.
“The Price Is Right” contestants are recruited right from the studio audience (“Come on down!“), and asked to play one of several pricing games in which they attempt to correctly guess the retail price of one or more products.
To have a chance of being called up onto “Play The Price Is Right” stage as a contestant, all you have to do to is to sit in the studio audience and wait for them to call out your name. Or so it would seem…
Actually, there’s a little more to it than that. The contestants are not selected from the audience at random, as it might appear.
Would-be contestants have to show up at the studio hours before taping time, and are given large “price tags” to wear, which feature an identification number. You write your name and address on one half of this ticket, and a page takes that half, so that later they can match your name to your number.
While you wait in line in front of CBS Television City (next to Farmers Market), a studio page will select people in groups of ten to meet with the show’s producer, who decides which individuals are chosen (in advance) to later be called up on stage as contestants.
The show’s producers are looking for a particular type of person for “The Price Is Right,” and if you’re not it, they’ll pass you by.
Mainly, they’re looking for enthusiasm. They want jolly, emotionally expressive contestants who will get genuinely excited when they win (or lose). As a result, they tend to prefer female contestants over men (who often pretend to act excited while being interviewed, but who later sober up when they realize that their boss may be watching them on TV). If you watch the show, you may notice that they also seem to favor pretty young girls, interesting looking and dressed individuals, college students and men in uniform.
When the producer thinks he has spotted a good contestant, his or her name will be noted (via the “price tag” they are wearing) and then during the taping of the show, their names will be announced, and they will be told to “Come on down!.”
So by the time the audience takes it seats in “The Bob Barker Studio,” the show’s producers have already decided who is going to be called up, and who is not.
But despite the screening process, “The Price Is Right” is still probably your best hope of getting on network TV in a hurry. Even if you aren’t selected as a contestant, chances are good that the TV camera will catch you, as it pans through the audience before announcing each contestant’s name. So program your VCR to record the show before you leave for the studio! (And by the way, if you’re not supposed to be here or are with someone you shouldn’t be… maybe pick another show to attend.)Good Luck. Have Lots of Fun at the show. And invite us for a ride up the coast in Your Brand New Automobile!
How To Be On The Price Is Right?
Price is Right is the longest-running game show on television, and demand for studio audience tickets is consistently high. CBS has made it simple for fans to get tickets for the show with three different options. Audience tickets are free of charge, and you may also have a chance to “come on down” and play the game itself.
Taping dates for The Price is Right are scheduled in advance, and for each date there are two tapings; one at 1:00 pm and the other at 4:00 pm. Since audience members are also potential contestants, you must be at least 18 years old, and have valid photo identification and proof of your SSN with you when you enter the studio.
You can order tickets to The Price is Right online, making it very convenient to check ticket availability and taping dates at a glance. There is a maximum of four tickets per request, and once your tickets are confirmed you simply print out the confirmation and you’re done.
Tickets by Mail
Studio audience tickets can also be obtained by mail. The advantage to this method is that you can request up to ten tickets at a time. Send a self-addressed, stamped envelope along with the number of tickets you need and the taping date and time you wish to attend to:
The Price is Right Tickets
7800 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
Leave plenty of time between the taping date and the day you send in your request, to allow for delivery (and return delivery) by mail as well as a couple of days for processing.
The Ticket Booth
If you’re in Los Angeles, you can head over to the ticket booth and stand in line for audience tickets to The Price is Right. The address is the same as the mailing address above, and the ticket booth is located at the corner of Beverly Blvd. and Fairfax Ave. On days when the show is taping, the booth opens at 7:30 am. It’s a good idea to get there even earlier, however, especially if you’d like to be considered as a contestant. The line of people at the booth can get quite long!
On days when the show isn’t taping, you can still pick up tickets for future dates at the ticket booth. Regular hours of operation are Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm Pacific Time.
Other Requirements and Restrictions
The Price is Right does not allow cameras or any other photography equipment, cell phones, or tape recorders into the studio. There is no smoking on studio property. Street clothes should be worn, rather than any sort of costume.
For more information, directions to the studio, or a list of taping dates, call the ticket office at 323-575-2458 or visit the ticketing section of the Price is Right website. There is also a recorded 24-hour ticket information line at 323-575-2449.
For more information about getting tickets, just click here.